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new developments out of libya, reports that moammar gadhafi is trying to crush the uprising threatening its hold on power. and the clock is ticking to save nfl football. can players and owners reach a deal before the end of the day or is a lockout inevitable?
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and a surprise appearance by ceo steve jobs as apple unveils the ipad 2. will it make you run down and get one, we'll unveil some of the features on this "american the features on this "american morning". -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com good morning, i'm ali velshi. >> and i'm kiran chetry. we're going to run down the features of the ipad, huh? >> you love this thing. >> we'll see. >> it is pretty impressive. we'll talk about that. we've got a lot to talk about this morning, include nug developments in libya. >> we're following that, it's beginning to look like an all-out civil war right now. for the second day in a row, moammar gadhafi has been dropping bombs on his own cities. this morning, there are new reports on the city of al brega. what you're looking at it video from the crew s on the line
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there. the opposition held and ended up driving the government forces out. meanwhile, u.s. warships are moving closer to libya as we speak. and this morning, calls for a no-fly zone are getting louder. it's something that the u.s. military would likely take the lead in enforcing. defense secretary robert gates mean, though, setting up a no-fly zone would basically mean war since the u.s. would have to strike libya to take out its air defenses. take a look at the map, a ajdabiya and al brega, capable of landing and a big one, ben wedeman is on the phone from benghazi, libya. ben, you had come close to one of the bombs being dropped. in fact, about 40 yards from
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you. what schais happening from them >> reporter: what we're hearing, from l bral brega, there have b more air raids. and also this ammunition stock which is providing a lot of the ammunition and weaponry for the rebels who yesterday weren't able to push pro-gadhafi forces out of the day after you mentioned that day long gun battle. i just got off the phone with somebody who lives there, he said the forces are gathering in that town. to,he says, start to push back -- push towards the libyan forces, armed force, in the town where there are -- there's another large refinery. and so that does appear that they're trying to take the fight to the enemy now, trying to push
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forward in the direction of tripoli. however, it's well over 400 miles between brega and the libya capital. >> let me ask you this, ben, what is likely to happen now? we know that there's this discussion about the u.s. military, anti-gadhafi forces asking the u.s. military to enforce a no-fly zone over libya. that's obviously under some debate here in washington. we're going to talk about that in a few minutes. what are their options, those forces fighting gadhafi and the government? >> reporter: well, the options are fairly limited. what they're seeing, of course, they're trying to counterattack. but my sources are telling me that one of the main problems is there is no command structure. this is really just guys jumping into their car, their pickups, and heading towards the front without any further logistical support, without any sort of air cover. which is the real problem,
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because the libyan air force has still controlled the skies. anytime a group of people gather, it comes from above, and they start dropping bombs on them. so the absence of a no-fly zone, any sort of military has been explained to be you're e injure >> all right, we're losing him a little bit, understandably, because of his location. ben wedeman for us, right in the midst of all that is going on in libya. meantime, anti-gadhafi forces are asking u.s. military for help. they want us to declare libya a no-fly zone. but the white house is not ready to intervene at this point. right now there are two am bib use assault ships, "uss ponce" and "uss kearsarge." the obama administration wants
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them there to provide military help only. >> a no-fly zone is not a long-term proposition, assuming the outcome is what all desire. and i believe we ought to be ready to implement it as necessary. >> well, that's easier said than done, according to defense secretary robert gates. he told the senate foreign relations committee yesterday that a no-fly zone operation would essentially mean more. >> but the reality is, and people, there's a lot of, frankly, loose talk about some of these military options. and let's just call a spade a spade. a no-fly zone begins with an attack on libya. >> secretary of state hillary clinton says that the u.s. is a long way from making a decision about participating in a no-fly done operation. and it seems that moammar gadhafi has a large appetite and substantial budget for entertainment.
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this is beyonce entertaining for the family in st. barts 2009. beyonce has been getting bad press, nellie furtado, usher, mariah carey for collecting checks to perform for gadhafi and his familiar. they're saying all monies paid for her performance at a private party at nicki's beach st. bart's 2009 were donated to the earthquake relief efforts in haiti over a years ago. they continue to say once it was known that the leader was linked to the gadhafi family, that would be put to a good cause. >> they say they will be donating that money to charity as well. leaders at a church in kansas are promising to quadruple it. members of the west borough baptist church have picketed
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outside of many military funerals, cheering the 8-1 vote. at man who sued the church after they demonstrated at matthews' funeral. >> this court has no problem with the government sending our children over to the war, send them back in a body bag and not even have enough respect for that dead soldier to be buried peacefully. >> we are trying to warn you to flee the wrath of god. flee eternal destruction. what could be more kind than that? don't keep killing your children. >> the west borough baptist church believes military debts in iraq and afghanistan are punishment for that. >> and they say what the supreme
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court held up to protest the funerals. s treatment weather now, wildfires popping up. on top of 70 already this week. thousands have been battling the flames. they say some of the biggest fires are nearly contained. 78 homes have been burned down since sunday. the flames at one point were burning through the length of a football field every minute. and in florida, firefighters have reopened a busy stretch of i-95. it was shut down for the second time in as many days yesterday because of smoke. two major wildfires have now burned 18,000 acres along florida's east coast. the flames are only 25% contained. at least one home was destroyed. fire officials say no other homes appear to be in immediate danger. >> at nine minutes past the hour. let's check in with rob marciano at the extreme weather center. what are they looking at today? >> pretty much as yesterday, east-northeasterly winds.
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it will be gusty in the afternoon that's why they weren't abe to contain more of this yesterday. it's blowing from the west and southwest. similar conditions as yesterday. a little further inland conditions are a little more ripe and there's a red flag warning posted. as we've been talking about, entirety state of florida is an extreme drought for the most part. one of the driest winters they've seen in decades. all right. one of the colder winters that we've seen across the northeast. guess what, a little reminder that it's just that, winter. 21 degrees in new york. it's 11 right now in boston. 26 in d.c. 11 in pittsburgh. a far cry from the springlike temperatures yesterday. all the warm air is down across the south in texas. that certainly doesn't help there. the western storms are moving inland and the pacific northwest seeing another storm line out there. here the high temperatures for today. with temps only getting into about the freezing mark in new york city. hope you guy it's didn't put away your winter coats just yet. we're not done. >> as i walked in this morning,
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it definitely had a winter chill to it. thanks. still to come on "american morning," wisconsin republicans want democrats to pay a fine every day they're away from the state. how much will bring them back to vote on that controversial union issue. >> by the way, we will explain to you about that union issue what is actually at stake and why it matters in places other than wisconsin. plus, the wait is over for kiran. ipad unveiled the new ipad. and the famous locks on the planet. how much is justin bieber's hair worth? >> it's worth a lot for he not to see every kid wearing that hair style. >> i think it's out of the bag. 11 minutes past the hour.
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military shuttle bus at frankfurt airport. two other servicemen were injured. authorities say the alleged shooter is a 21-year-old, a devout muslim, who worked at the airport. there are reports that the suspect argued with the airmen before the is shooting. a major health scare tour tennis star serena williams, she's. >> reporter:ing from emergency surgery to remove a blood clot from her lungs. she's been out of action since winning wimbledon last july. she says she hopes to be back on the court in early summer. we'll talk to dr. sanjay gupta, at the 7:00 hour, on what the surgery involve it's. and pigskin armageddon. a possible nfl work stoppage, leaders will take one more stab at the talks before the collective bargaining agreement expires at midnight. we're talking about collective bargaining at two separate levels today.
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this one about sports. the owners may lock the players out before the deadline, and that's a movement that could put the upcoming season in jeopardy. you remember the drama about the super bowl that fans were told they couldn't sit in their seats. security officials are now backing off the promise they made to the fans. they were told their seats aren't safe, they were moved elsewhere. now, they say the league has downgraded their previous offer, giving them the choice of cash, or face value of their ticket or a ticket to a future super bowl. you may remember, at one point, they were talking about flying them out and giving them a cash option of 5 grand. >> and the tickets were transferable, i don't know if they maintain that. if you're one of those 2,000 people, they're changing the offer. the federal government has promised to stop to function for at least two weeks. and president obama asking to cut $4 billion on agriculture and other prime ministers that
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the president targeted. it's up to the house and senate to agree on a house bill and the president has tapped joe bide ton try to get that done. biden will be on capitol hill today, leading with congressional leaders from both sides of the aisle, to try to hammer out an agreement. and fox news has suspended the contract of former house speaker newt gingrich and rick santorum. now that both are considering a bid for the white house in 2012, suspensions remain in effect for 60 days. and it will be canceled on may 1st if either of these two guys are running. fox news the same policy will apply to sarah palin and mike huckabee if either of them decides to form an exploratory committee to seek the presidency. >> sorry, i got excited. >> you understand this is what i'm supposed to read, right, it doesn't seem fair for me to tell the story. >> the ipad 2, we talked tab yesterday.
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we have more details on why it's so much better, right? the other surprise is that steve jobs actually appeared there. >> yes, he hasn't been seen in public. there were a number of people surprised by that. he walked out, he got a standing ovation. this is what he said. >> we've been working on this product for a while, and i just didn't want to miss today. so thank you for having me. >> now, the new ipad is thinner. it's faster, it's lighter than the original ipad. >> well, it's .2 ounces lighter. is that really that crazy. >> it's technically -- >> right. you have gum in your pocket heavier than that. >> it's got something you like. it's got front and rear-facing cameras? >> you need the front-facing camera for face time. skype, video conferences. and the other camera is just to take pictures. >> got it. okay. >> the other thing, it's supposedly 33% thinner. so that's kind of cool. and they also claim at that operating system because it's a
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dual-core processor is quite as fast. >> i was told before it was a glorified iphone. >> right. >> it starts the 499 bucks, it ships next friday, or if you're keeper, i think you're off next friday, right, you're going to be at the apple store waiting for it to come out. >> i can hold off for my birthday. >> when? >> august. coming up on "american morning," the state of your job, two different reports offering two different perspectives of the job market. also, pennsylvanians and other great towns could be facing major financial problems. we're going to have more on what the solutions may be for some states in crisis. well-being.
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okay. you know sometimes you're driving by the gas station, and you see the sign, you see it every day. you might be doing double takes today. it is remarkable. according to aaa the price of a gallon of regular is up 4 cents from the last time we told you 24 how. it is now $3.43. that's the national average for a gallon of unleaded self-serve
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gasoline. we already know that those of you in california are paying $4. drivers in hawaii continue to pay the highest price in the nation. the average is $3.82 but there's a lot of gas higher than that. as we said in california, while the average is lower, we've had our cruise out there shooting gas stations where the price is $4. a number of you constantly tweet to tell that. by the way, our canadian viewers tweet to say we pay $5. >> we're not worried about you guys. >> right. bottom line, christine, good to see you. >> good to see you, too. the gas prices and oil prices feed into this. >> with a recovery, righty. >> absolutely. something that ben bernanke has been asked about on capitol hill this week. he's also asked about republican plans for spending cuts. he says the impact mean the loss of jobs because of two big spending cuts would not be trivial, listen.
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>> they would reduce growth, but we think it's -- given the size, it's more a couple of 0.1 in the first year, 0.2 in in the second year. that would translate into a couple of thousand hundred jobs. >> you heard from some from moody's and others we've talked to on the air who said that cutting in the budget has been done very carefully with a long-term eye to deficit reduction. but also not to hurt what has become a shaky recovery. we're going to know more about the jobs market on friday with the big jobs report. we'll be here to break that live. we've got a private sector of the automatic processing report. private sector payroll showing we added maybe 217,000 jobs in february. a poll of economists by cnnmoney.com found an average of $190,000, 9.2% unemployment
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rate. >> remembering that the estimates have been wrong? >> they have been wild. they have been wild. that shows how difficult this recovery has been. we can't get a grasp on which direction the jobs market is going. >> you hear ben bernanke saying 0.1 to 0.2. and mark zanddy saying 1,000 or more, right? >> let's go to this. i think there's a really important message to get out there. that is, that we need economic growth to create more jobs, if you do anything at this delicate time in our community at all on any front it will cost you jobs, less jobs, fewer jobs mean fewer people. paying taxes which ultimately goes to reduce the deficit. please for everybody out there who's so nuts about cutting the deficit. that always goes along with the caveat that there are some times that you shouldn't do it. we may be in that time. >> looking at oil here. $102 yesterday. you got some ceos who are now
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saying, well, we had hiring plans. we thought we were ramping up hiring. but we got to see what kufrts look like because of energy costs that come out of this. >> it's never a good day to cut deficit, as we know. >> right. but there are times when the economy's booming, it's doing a little better. we're growing at 4%, 4.pa%, then we can do it. >> we need strong economic growth. that's the bottom line. how do you get that. >> christine, thanks for joining us. >> meantime, coming up next, we're still debating the issue of budgets and what it will affect. in wisconsin we've seen it first hand. democrats could be forking over money if they don't return to work. will it bring them back to the state to vote? and it's one of the most popular over-the-counter medications in america. now, a study suggests ibuprofen may be able to prevent a lot more than just pain. we'll tell you on the other side.
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wow. look at that sunreis. beautiful in new york city. only 21 degrees. enjoy it from inside right now. >> the sun's going to warm things up, a balmy 31 degrees. >> pack your gloves, pack your scarf. we're still in wirngs are at least on the east coast today. welcome. it's 30 minutes past the hour. top stories we're following with libya. again, new air strikes, bombing falling in two eastern libyan towns that the opposition held on to yesterday after a fierce battle with gadhafi loyalists. one of the towns is home to a critical oil refinery. >> the ohio state bill that restricts the worker's ability to strike and negotiating health care. democrats described the bill as union-busting. republicans say it's needed to cut costs. it now heads to the
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republican-controlled house. and in wisconsin, turning up pressure on the democratic colleagues who left town last week to oppose the repair bill that slashes the collective bargaining rights of unions. they voted a $100 fine on any senator absent without leave for two more days. the missing legislators' checks are being withheld. in pittsburgh, they are proud of a team that uses efficiency to achieve super bowl success. pittsburgh is going to need one heck of a hail mary pass as we continue to deal with budget battles across the country. it's got a very broken city budget. jim acosta joins us live from pittsburgh. it's a city getting blitzed by its own employee pension plan. jim, what's the story in pittsburgh? >> reporter: ali, i was trying my best to avoid all steeler analogies in the story, you beat
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me to it. thanks very much. ali, as you know, a lot of mayors and governors are watching what is happening in wisconsin. they know what it happening there could sweep across the country. they know that all too well right here where the pension problems, you? the pension problems could crush the steel city. the fiscal house is on fire in pittsburgh. unless the city can get a handle on it's out of control pension costs for its firefighters and other public workers, local leaders say they are facing financial armageddon. is that overstating it. >> we're heading that way. you're heading towards armageddon? >> we'll, we're heading towards different scenarios. >> reporter: pittsburgh to the tune of $7 million, this city spends 50 cents on every dollar of debt.
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mayor luke ravenstahl is the mayor. retire at age 50, ending a pension half of their take home pay. firefighters can boost their pensions by morninging more overtime in the last years on duty. a pension called pension spiking. is that fair? >> it's not. >> reporter: usually pension spiking does not go on? >> not in this bureau. i'm not sure in other cities. this way, the way the overtime is distributed, it's an even rotating list. >> reporter: firefighters blame city hall. >> because of fiscal mismanagement, the cities and governments and thing, the working man shouldn't have to suffer from that. >> reporter: the local firefighters union is open to raising the retirement age but says this no job for senior citizens? what am i supposed to do with the person who reaches the age
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of 55 and they can't get up on the engine no more. >> reporter: now, that say nonstarter to the unions in the city. keep in mind, many of them do not qualify for social security benefits. they rely on these pensions. but unless pittsburgh gets ahold of these problems, the state could actually take over its system and force the city into some painful choices. ali, that means either raising taxes or possibly massive layoffs in the city. >> one of the things you wanted to be clear on here. you pointed out some of the examples that perhaps people take advantage of the system, pension spiking and things like that. one of the things that unionized workers like to point out when we talk about collective bargaining or union troubles is that pethss were all designed to meet the needs of people who were subscribing to them. a lot of people argue it was the pension managers, the fund managers, the cities and states
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that mismanaged those pensions. they assumed a higher rate of return. and now it's getting piled back on to the workers because these pensions don't have enough money. there's an interesting debate here. whose fault is it that these pensions don't have enough money? >> reporter: yeah, and the unions and the mayor both agree on that issue. they say that the fund was mismanaged many years ago. what the mayor says is that is all a side show to the reality that is happens here in pittsburgh. and that is if they don't get this budget under control, their hand is going to be forced. the state has guidelines as to how to manage this pension fund. and if it isn't managed to those guidelines and the state forces pittsburgh's hands, it makes them do some pretty painful things which they don't want to do. >> good to see you. let's look at other states in crisis, pennsylvania is not alone. wisconsin is not alone, ohio is not alone. providence, "rick's list" rhode island, hundreds rallied in support of the teachers union.
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they called on them to rescind the pink slips that were handed out last week. union leaders say he demoralized and disrespected educators by doing that. the actual number of teacher layoffs will not be known until the mayor and city council try to balance the budget. meantime, in portland, maine, state workers are making their voices heard, kicking up three days of demonstrations against the governor's proposed budget cuts. they include changes to the state pension system. state workers claim they're being targeted. and in albany, new york, angry demonstrators converged on the state's capital building. 17 people were arrested. angry about the budget process and governor cuomo's programs that slash programs for the poor. with all of the government shutdowns and employee rights, one term we keep on hearing is "checkive bargaining" or
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negotiations between an employer and a group of employees to determine the conditions of their employment. i want to give you both sides of the collective bargaining argument. let's start with the pros. one of the things that's important is the ability to raise wages. collective barge. ing gives you the power to negotiate wages, often higher wages for those members than they would get if ute unionized. another pro is employee protection. things like arbitrary firing or making workers work longer hours without overtime or unsafe conditions. the idea behind collective bargaining is that the relationship between an employer and worker is unequal. the worker needs the job more than the employer really needs the worker. so by combining the workers into a group it helps the playing field. the big advantage is power in numbers. unions say collective bargaining is a safe guard to make sure
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everyone's interests are protected. those are some of the pros. let's talk about in of the cons of collective bargaining. some of the reasons why the state governments want to eliminate it. the higher wages that we talk about, what's good for the worker isn't always good for the company. higher pay per hour means less output or less work performed per dollar paid. that means a company with a unionized workforce that using collective bargaining to get their members a higher wage, they may not be able to sell their product as inexpensively as a company that doesn't have collective bargaining. that means that it may have to lay off its higher paid workers. that's something we've seen in the airline and auto industries. the higher wage could mean a layoff. another conis regarding the bad collectively bargaining. it can award people, teachers, other people with contracts, with tenure.
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in many cases it prevents a worrying from being fired, unless they've done something really bad. critics say tenure and security rules are disincentive to doing really well on the job. all you have to do to keep your job is not break any rules. all of this is coming into play. that's why these states, kiran, keep on saying they could save money if they eliminate collective bargaining. >> thanks very much. the world famous designer, adam job, now in trouble. and the john galliano anti-semitic rant. and we'll introduce you to the dance sensation that is snowball. a cockatoo that can keep a beat but may also help people battling parkinson's disease. ♪
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this came after another tirade caught on tape. the designer apologized for his behavior but insisted he is not anti-semitic which is hard to come by after you hear what he said on the tape. dior said it will go ahead with his paris fashion show starting tomorrow. justin bieber's hair does more than make tweens scream. it also saves farm animals. when he got a haircut, he changed the bieber. he has that. over $40,000. >> oh, come on. >> yes, biebs gave it to a charity. >> it's come full circle. i will never be able to donate my locks to a good cause. >> that's why you have no hair, you donate on a weekly basis. >> i'm nice to farm animals anyway. ibuprofen sold under brand
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names of advil and motrin may lower your risk of parkinson's disease. >> the harvard school of public health studied more than 130,000 healthy men and women found those who took ibuprofen over a six-year period lowered their risk of getting parkinsons by 38%. researchers suggest that i br ibuprofen could be a neural agent. meet snowball, he might help tow i can't concentrate. he might be able to help ward off parkinson's. we're doing this in the studio because it's addictive. right now, he's content being an internet sensation. researchers claim at that dancing cockatoo from indiana is to the beat.
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they've been analyzing the video of the bird for years or maybe just staring at it. he's given them fresh insight into the power of music or movement to treat human disorders like parkinson's disease. >> you still haven't sold me. i think it's an excuse to run that video. he bobs up and down, somehow, that's helping them how to better understand how to treat parkinson's? >> is sanjay coming on the show? maybe we should ask him. still to come, colder for the northeast and another storm taking aim. >> rob's going to be back after the break. >> it's sfri45 minutes after th hour. i'm good about washing my face.
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27 minutes after the hour. let's get a quick check of this morning's weather headlines. >> rob marciano is in the extreme weather center. hey, rob. >> you may want to put a hat or
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a took as you say in canada. >> what did you say? >> a took. >> a hat? >> yes acres good question. if you want some neat little terms that make short cuts out of english, go to our friends up north. >> that's right. >> check out temperatures. 22 degrees in new york city right now. right around 10 in boston. 25 degrees in d.c. 12 in pittsburgh. these are temperatures that are definitely colder than what we saw yesterday, in most cases, a lot of cases, 10 to 20 degrees below average. that's going to be the call today, as far as what kind of temperatures here look at. also flooding. this is aongoin on going system. we've got flood warnings out for several states, including the mississippi river which probably won't crest until friday or saturday. and we'll probably see this happen several times throughout
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the springtime. snow in upper midwest and great lakes. this isn't a big deal, it's going to go up into canada. and the system that slammed them yesterday, moving inland. higher elevation snow. quite a bit of it. sierra nevada as well, another big system lining up in the pacific northwest. as far as travel delays shouldn't be that big of a deal. boston and minneapolis seeing delays as well. san francisco and los angeles, 30 to 60-minute delays. as far as the fire weather is concerned there are some issues across parts of western texas where they're still battling that fire. conditions not really helping today. dry and warm and breezy across parts of florida. the chill continues to today, as this slides down from our friends in canada, where they've given us cold air and things to take care of it. good looking tuke. >> it's definitely tuke weather. >> it's the just a hat.
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it's a cap. >> we don't know of it as anything else. in canada, the weather guy will say on tv, it's going to be a cold one. you better put your tuck on ted. >> not to be confused with tuck. >> thank you. >> good shotout to our canadian friends. >> i love our folks. >> it's incumbent upon you to say nice things about canadians because you're constantly blaming canadians, right? >> right. >> it makes up to the fact that he refers to the alberta clippers. coming up, they protest soldiers' funerals and they say vile, hateful things but they've got the right to say them. we break down a supreme court decision that has an anti-gay church celebrating. the clock is winding down. no time-outs left. will there be football next season? the latest on the nfl labor talks coming up.
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well, one is an actor and the other is a dictator. charlie sheen and moammar gadhafi have had plenty of rant about lately. >> you may need watson the computer to figure out exactly what it is they're saying. jeanne moos took to the streets for an informal poll. >> reporter: it had to happen, moammar gadhafi and charlie sheen seen simultaneously live on morning television. >> wait, wait, wait. >> reporter: gadhafi using words that stumped even the translator. >> translator: a term used nod understand. >> reporter: some of sheen's quotes are hard to fathom, there's even something called
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"live the sheen dream" that generates some of his pithier quotes. women's guardian paper put a line on there saying "who's line is it anyway." your face will rip off and your children will weep over your exploded body. >> that's gadhafi. >> reporter: that's charlie sheen. >> charlie sheen. >> too much. >> reporter: not too much, the effects of the drug he's on. >> i am on a drushg it's called charlie sheen. >> reporter: meanwhile, gadhafi is blaming hallucinogenic pills. i have defeated with my words, imagine what i would have done with my fire-breathing fists? >> gadhafi, i don't know. >> reporter: sheen. i am like the queen of england? >> gadhafi. >> reporter: >> reporter: yes. both men surround themselves with women. gadhafi has his female bodyguards. sheen has --
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>> the goddesses live with charlie. >> your two girlfriends, the goddesses. >> reporter: you can't say sheen and gadhafi dress alike. gadhafi with his falling-up robes that choir constant rearrangement and sheen showing up in a t-shirt and a coat. gadhafi to his chanting followers. sheen to his kids. >> you're right here. >> reporter: seriously, though, sorry, charlie, we know the comparisons between you and gadhafi are ridiculous. but we in the press just can't resist. at least sheen has some defenders. >> he's crazy. i've seen worse. >> i believe fundamentally in main's right to party if he wants to. >> right. >> reporter: so gadhafi and sheen may be seen saying call me, bro, just not to each other. jeanne moos, cnn. >> these resentments, they are the rocket fuel that lives in the tip of my saber?
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gadhafi strikes again. warplanes pound a rebel-held oil field with bombs. make a fierce battle for control of libya on this "american of libya on this "american morning." -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com good morning, it's thursday, mar march 3rd. i'm ali velshi. >> i'm kiran chetry. we're beginning to see what's beginning to look like an all-out civil war in that country. dictator moammar gadhafi has orred his forces to drop bombs on his own cities.
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ajdabiya, as well as brega, one bomb just missed our cnn crew on the ground. this happened yesterday. scores of casualties on both sides. a fierce day-long gun battle. the opposition was able to hold and drive the gunmen out. ben wedeman is with all of it. he's on the phone from benghazi, libya. what is the situation now, ben? >> reporter: actually now, at the moment, there doesn't seem to be any planes. earlier in the morning, one of the libyan jets dropped a bomb near the ammunition depot which is really supplying a lot of the anti-gadhafi forces in this part of the country. also this morning, local time, jets were over al brega, the town where the major refinery is. in fact, they dropped one bomb near the main gate to the refinery. at the moment, opposition forces are matching in al brega,
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preparing for, they say, to start moving ahead. to start taking more territories from the southeast forces. they say the goal is the town where there's another major refinery. >> one other question, there's been a back and forth about whether the united states would have any involvement in enforcing a no-fly zone. some senators like senator kerry are calling for it. our defense secretary gates says it would actually mean us attacking or bombing libya. do you know any more about whether or not there is support for outside western involvement? >> reporter: certainly, there is support for no-flies, no question about it. i spoke with one of the commanders of opposition forces in brega, and he said they desperately need a no-fly zone because at the moment they're completely exposed to libyan jets. when it comes to anything more than that, however, his opinion
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is that there's very differing opinions. some people are poopposed to an sort of air strike. that would lead to libyan casualties. they're worried that might start to split the opposition. so it might be -- it puts the united states in a difficult position. because in order to impose a no-fly zone as secretary gates said, they will have to take out the air defenses. and it will be very difficult to take out air defenses without actually caution fatales among the libyan forces. >> of course. a tough situation, our ben wedeman in the middle of it in ajdabiya, libya, this morning. meantime, aid agencies are warning that the situation on libya's border with tunisia is at a dangerous point. tens of thousands of people are attempting to escape the crackdown heading to tunisia. becky is live on the tunisia
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border. what's the situation like there, becky? >> reporter: it's relatively calm here, more organized. that is the from the work of international organization of migrants. indeed, the military, it's been a result of their word that things are a lot calmer. let's just get the facts out here. who are these guys? well, the majority of them are egyptians. there's some 100 -- sorry, there's 1 million egyptians working in libya, certainly were. only about 10% of those have actually tried to get across the borders, as is bangladeshis and south africa cans. what they couldn't is relative chaos here. things are a lot calmer. but the fear is, as things take off again in libya, that it's going to get a lot harder to really organize people here. as far as the eye can see, you've got migrant workers here. they're not refugees. let's remember that.
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these are migrant workers. these are the guys trying to get from here, home, effectively. that's the big problem. what the aid agencies tell me here, they need help from the international community to get these guys here to the city down the road and out of this country. these guys just want to go home at this point. they are saying they've had very little help from, for example, the egyptian government. they're going to be said, doing their best, these guys want more at this point. the big fear, as i say, things take off on the other side of the border, it's going to get a lot harder to control effectively what's going on here, ali. >> very good. thanks for the distinction. they're not refugees. they're migrant workers. becky, thanks very much. president obama is going to be facing criticism as calls for no-fly zone is going to discussed. defense secretary gates said
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setting upping a no-fly zone basically means war. >> a no-fly zone begins with an attack on libya to destroy the air defenses, that's the way you do a no-fly zone. then you can fly planes around the country and not worry about our guys being shot down. >> well, ed henry is live at the white house this morning. this is an interesting debate that's playing out right now. we heard from ben in libya, saying that there would be support for that. but, of course, it's a tough call for the united states. >> no doubt about it. and it looks a little bit like a contradiction when the administration. because as you know, secretary of state hillary clinton for days now have been suggesting that maybe a no-fly done would be a good option for the u.s. and allies. but you heard secretary gates there being pretty blunt. he also said, look, there's loose talk about a no-fly zone and he was trying to underscore that point. look, you don't just institute a
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no-fly zone. first, you have to attack libya's own asset, et cetera. then you substitute the no-fly zone. that can be difficult. number one, difficult in getting allied support. the u.s. can't do this unilaterally. they got to bring allies along for the u.s. security council. members like russia who have suggested they're not on board with this. jay carney the press secretary said, no, it's just that they both realize that while a no-fly zone, other military options may be on the table, that there are also real risks here. and both of them are fully aware of that. now, the president has not taken questions throughout this whole crisis, today, when he has his meeting with mexican president calderon, it will be the first for reporters to press him on contradictions like that, but also what other military options may be on the table. >> especially with it moving so
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fast and furious. perhaps some of this tension is going to be racheted up because of what's going on there. ed, thanks very much. new developments out of germany, the two airmen were killed yesterday two others wounds on a military airbus. the authorities say the suspect a 21 airport worker. and senate republicans turning on the pressure on democrats who left town weeks ago to prevent a vote on the governor's proposed budget, that includes clashing collective bargaining rights of some public service unions. they voted to impose a $100 per day fine for any senator missing absent without leave. and it will be five more years before rfk's assassin getting another parole hearing.
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the parole board denied parole for sirhan sirhan for the crime he committed more than 60 years ago. rob marciano is in the headlines. hey, rob. >> hey, guys, beginning of the march and feels like the beginning of january. much colder than yesterday, 10 to 20 degrees colder in many spots. 10 to 20 degrees below average in many spots as well. you probably already feel it. if you've been out the door. if you haven't, bring along the winter gear for sure. currently it's around 20 in new york city. 25 in d.c. doesn't include the windchill. currently temps around 10 degrees in boston. certainly feeling, yeah, a little more like january, than beginning of march. you had springlike temperatures yesterday. 31 degrees expected today. meanwhile the south is where spring has sprung. 76 degrees in new orleans. with that pollen. i've already begun to sneeze
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down here in atlanta. >> that atlanta stuff is something. i've never had anything like that in my life. you've got a layer of stuff on your car. i got there one day and said what is this stuff all over my car. >> a yellow paint job. can we go back to the tuques for a second? >> tuque. pronounced tuque. >> it's a canadian hat. it's like a yankee cap. found out the real definition. just so you know, a hat with a narrow brim or no brim at all, popular in the 13th to 16th century in europe. preferred head wear of professional chefs. >> excellent, alienate the canadians here. >> it's a hat you wear pretty much ten months of the year. >> your tuque gets a lot of use in canada. the government is proposing a crackdown on hefty wall street bonuses. our christine romans is "minding your business" this morning. how are they proposing to do
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this? >> the securities and exchange commission said they would like to have the big wall street banks while with them so they know whether they're giving bonuses for short-term losses or professionals. what would this do? ta target the rank and file. many on wall street would say, wait a second, we're doing this anyway. and there are numerous other rules and regulations that they say are pulling down the bonuses and moving compensation more towards pay and less towards giving somebody a bonus for something short-term. for example, look at this year, bankers took home $20.8 billion. the average bonus was $128,000. that bonus down 6%. down about a third from where before the financial crisis was. and that is even during a very, very good year for wall street. so wall street bankers, some of them already getting it, feeling the political heat. they're moving more of the
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compensation into things like long-term stock. regular pay. less into bonus. luke at that bonus. for the rest of us that soupnds like an awful lot of money. >> it say long-term and died to benefits that others get. if everybody is getting it, you should do. if turn around the company or do well for them, all get it. >> you know this better than i do, the question is what encourages risk? >> money encouraging risk. the whole nature, as you said, you eat what you kill. you love to say that with how it is on wall street. >> right, you eat what you kill. the more business you do short term, the more money you're going to get paid. i want to quickly check the market. the dow managed to eke out an eight-point rise with oil at $200 a barrel. the nasdaq and s&p up as well. watch today, oil is one of those things closely tied with how stocks are doing. a lot of people are telling me,
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you guys, that they're surprised that stocks climb back. >> oil was up $102 a barrel it settled at last night. stock futures are up this morning. >> stock futures are up. we'll keep watching. workers are revolts in wisconsin and across the country. what is it that they're really finding for. we're going to tell you what a union does and what collective bargaining means from both sides. and a great city facing financial problems, the pittsburgh predicament when "american morning" returns. [ male announcer ] a chicken coop:
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with all of the talk of protests, government shutdowns and employee rights, one term we keep on hearing is "collective bargaining." negotiations between an employer and a group of employees to determine the conditions of employment. so i want to give you both sides of the argument. first, let's start with the pros of collectively bargaining. check live bargaining, wages are one of the big deals. it gives unions the power to negotiate wages. unions often succeed in getting higher wages for their members than those workers would get if they weren't unionized. take a look at another pro. it's employee protection. it helps protect employers from abuses of power by employers.
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things like arbitrary working hours or working long hours without overtime pay or unsafe conditions. the relationship between the employer and employee are unequal. the worker needs the job more than that employer needs that worker. by combining it into a group, it helps the playing field. really, it's about power in numbers. unions say it's to safe guard to make sure collective numbers are considered. using strength in numbers. that's the good side. there are criticisms, though, of collective bargaining. let's talk about those. those higher wages i just talked about. for one, what's good for workers isn't always good for companies. higher pay per hour means less productivity or less work performed per dollar paid, according to some companies or employers. that means a company with a unionized workforce that uses collective bargaining to give their members a higher wage may not be able to sell their
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product as inexpensively as a company that doesn't have collective bargaining. ultimately, that could mean that the higher-wage company may lose business and have to lay off its higher paid workers. that's something we saw in the airli airline and auto industry. another con, it could reward bad behavior. for teachers who have tenure. a contractual right based on seniority that in many cases prevents an employee from being fired unless they've done something really bad. critics also that rules are a disincentive to do your job very well. all you have to do to keep your job is not break any rules. also, in pittsburgh, they're priding themselves on a football team that uses discipline to achieve success. however, the steel city is going to need a hail mary pass, i guess you could say, of epic proportions to be able to tackle their own budget.
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jim acosta joins us live from pittsburgh. this say city that faces problems with their own employee pension plan. hi, jim. >> reporter: that's right, if a democratic mayor and a union city is talk about 401(k) programs for pension workers, you know they have pension workers and those problems are weighing on the city like a steel curtain. the fiscal house is on fire in pittsburgh. unless the city can get a handle on it's out of control pension costs for its firefighters and other public workers, local leaders say they are facing financial armageddon. is that overstating it? >> well, i think we're heading that way. the reality is -- >> you're heading towards armageddon? >> well, we're heading towards different scenarios. >> reporter: pittsburgh cannot meet its obligations of its pension to the tune of $700 billion. this city spends 50 cents on
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every dollar of dead. mayor luke ravenstahl is the mayor. >> things have to change. >> reporter: retiring at age 50, ending a pension half of their take-home pay. firefighters can boost their pensions by making more overtime in the last years on duty. a pension called pension spiking. is that fair? >> it's not. >> reporter: usually pension spiking does not go on? >> not in this bureau. i'm not sure in other cities. this way, the way the overtime is distributed, it's an even rotating list. >> reporter: firefighters deny they're engaging in pension spiking. they blame city hall. >> because of fiscal mismanagement, the cities and governments and thing, the working man shouldn't have to suffer from that. >> reporter: rob, with the local firefighters union, is open to raising the retirement age, but says this no job for senior citizens. >> so what am i supposed to do with somebody that reaches the
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age of 65, and they want you to work till 70, what do i tell them? they can't get up on the rig anymore. >> reporter: the mayor said the system needs more than tweaks. that is a nonstarter for the city's firefighters and police officers. they argue that they don't qualify for social security benefits because they have these pensions. but unless the city gets ahold on these financial problems, the state of pennsylvania could come in and take over these programs and force the city into some very painful decisions, kiran. they're talking about tax increases or massive layoffs across the city. that is something that they don't want to do. but if you go to the unions and present all of this information to them, they will tell you, kiran, they are not ready to throw in that terrible towel just yet. they still want to bargain and get to the negotiating table and see if they can work out some kind of agreement that will keep everything going the way it is going in pittsburgh. it's going to be a tough, tough
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battle. >> hopefully, they will. they experienced a revitalization, a renaissance, if you will. hopefully, they'll get this solved. thanks so much. coming up next on "american morning," a startling admission from a hollywood legend mickey rooney. you're going hear his emotional appeal to congress. associated with certain medications. save $3 right now. go to getconstipationrelief.com. your advertising mail campaign is paying off! business is good! it must be if you're doing all that overnight shipping. that must cost a fortune. it sure does. well, if it doesn't have to get there overnight, you can save a lot with priority mail flat rate envelopes. one flat rate to any state, just $4.95. that's cool and all... but it ain't my money. i seriously do not care... so, you don't care what anyone says, you want to save this company money! that's exactly what i was saying. hmmm... priority mail flat rate envelopes, just $4.95
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23 minutes past the hour. this is a shocking edition coming from an icon of hollywood. nine-year-old mickey rooney, he testified before a senate committee saying he was a victim of elder abuse. he testified that his stepchildren abused him verbally, emotionally and financially. he feels obligated to speak out. >> i'm asking you to stop this of elderly abuse. i mean, to stop it. now. not tomorrow. not next month. but now. >> that was some of his emotional testimony. he urged lawmakers to pass a specific law that would make elder abuse a crime. >> it's a tough one because it's hard to know what the abuse is. that's part of why it hasn't emerged into something that's a crime. people know it's wrong. but what's that line between your kids encouraging you to do
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something, versus making a decision -- versus making decisions that are actually harmful to you. it's a good topic. in australia, for one day, at least, atm stood for "all the money." an electronic glitch meant that the commonwealth's banking atms were dishing out free cash all across sydney. as you might expect, word spread pretty quickly. i wouldn't expect that, i'd expect to tell no one, right? authorities had to issue a warning that anyone keeping the mope that wasn't theirs would be in fact committing a crime. because keeping money that isn't yours is a crime. >> how they will find that out, though -- >> the atm cameras. a silly story. coming up next on "american morning," countdown to an nfl lockout. owners and players have until midnight to reach a new labor agreement. why can't these rich folks all get along? >> they're simply not making enough money. >> we'll talk to a sports
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the clock is ticking towards the super bowl of showdowns. the collective bargaining
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agreement, in other words, the contract between the national football league owners and its players expires at midnight. the two sides are working with a federal mediator but can they avoid the nfl's worst stoppage. joining me is richard roth. good to see. you. >> good morning. clearly, this is about money, these negotiations most of the time are. what in particular are the sticking points here? >> there are a few. the first and foremost, is is that there's a $9 billion pie that has to be carved up. the owners want to take the first $1 billion off the top. the second is whether or not they're going to add two more games to the season. there's an issue involving the rookie's salary scale. and there are issues about the building of a new gigantic stadiums and who is going to pay for them. >> ultimately, the pie and how
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it's broken up. the players wanting to know and want to seat books. the players say we're making you lots of money, we want to share in increased revenue. >> that is correct. the $9 billion pie is the issue, absolutely. >> where are we now? i know there's a flurry of meetings. working with negotiators. i assume today is a busy day. everybody is trying to work to what is a settlement, as opposed to a lockout? >> that's right. a high-takes chess game. on one hand, in washington, d.c., you have the mediator sitting down with the players' association and the nfl, trying to work it out before the clock strikes 12:00 tonight. on the other hand, you have, if you will, huddling, the owners in their room, as well as the players, trying to figure out if mediation is not successful, what's the next move. and they have a couple options. >> tell me about those. >> okay. the nfl can lock out the players. >> right. >> that's a very strong -- draconian measure. >> it's a very strong bargaining position. it's also very risky in terms of
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the fans they can alienate. >> very risky. that's why i say high stakes. the players can strike, which they won't do, or decertify the union. >> we were talking about collective bargaining with respect to the state battles going on. the last thing that unionized workers want to do is typically decertify and start bargaining for themselves. in this particular instance, the players are using it and saying, wait a second, maybe we won't deal with the union. and you'll have to deal with every one of us individually. that's not a good thing for the owners. >> nut a good thing for the owners and for the union. if they decertify, which is a process, you need 30% of the employees to file a petition. then in fact that gives them a ticket, if you will, to go to federal court and create an antitrust litigation against the nfl. you get attorneys fees. but the risk to the players in
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decertification is grave. it's very serious. number one, there's a fight. the nfl has peremptorily filed, if you will, a claim at that decertification say sham. it's not an actual had decertification. >> it's a technique? >> exactly. more importantly, in these instance, litigation is not necessarily the answer. it is very expensive. it's very time consuming. there's tremendous risks. i will tell you in the antitrust field, the majority of cases are won by the defendants, in this case, the nfl. and they take a long time. as well as the fact that the union is not around, so the pensions, the benefits, the medical insurance is not there anymore. >> right. >> and if the nfl and/or the owners lock out the players then they're not working. they're not receiving benefits. and they're sitting, waiting for a federal court judge two years down the road to make a decision. >> it is complicated. are we going to see a lockout or deal? >> i think the need is effective. today, there's not a crisis.
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i'm optimistic as a fan and lawyer there's going to be a delay. i believe the mediator will at least set tonight's deadline off for a week. during that time, i do not believe a lockout. >> sports attorney richard roth. kiran. thanks. we're checking in on the top stories now, new air strikes in libya this morning. bombs being dropped on two eastern libyan towns by gadhafi forces and the opposition was able to hold at least after a fierce battle yesterday. president obama is going to be facing reporters today and likely having to answer some questions about a tough decision on whether or not to set up a no-fly zone over the country. defense secretary robert gates says setting up a no-fly zone essentially means war. the ohio state senate passes a controversial bill that limits collective bargaining for state workers. among other things, the measure eliminates the worker's ability to strike. democrats describe this as union
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busting. republican said it's needed to cut costs. also expect more pain at the pump, i guess you could say. according to aaa, the price for a gallon of gas jumped 4 cents overnight to $3.40 a gallon. drivers in hawaii continue to pay the highest price in the nation, about $3.82 a gallon, on average. although many report prices topping $4 a gallon in many places in hawaii. well the leaders of a controversial kansas church are vowing to quadruple their protests on the number of protests that they hold at military funerals now at that u.s. supreme court has ruled those demonstrations are protected by the first amendment. >> members of the west boro baptist church have picketed. you've probably seen them holding up signs with anti-government slurs. it threw out the lawsuit, a $5
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billion judgment for the father of a marine who said the protests inflicted emotional distress. joining us is cnn's legal analyst jeffrey toobin. >> good morning. >> thanks for being with us. you essentially, at the end of the day, if you take eout the emotion which is quite difficult to do the supreme court was holding up the first amendment. >> this is a maddening case but an easy case when you look at the first amendment. this was political speech. it was speech that did not interfere with the ceremony. it was well at a distance from this funeral. and under those circumstances, that's at the heart of what the first amendment is supposed to protect. >> however, easy though it was, in an 8-1 ruling, the supreme court has particular standards that it applies when looking at first amendment cases. do these protests -- did they do certain things that infringed upon other people's rights? give me some distinctions here. what are some of the things that might have led the supreme court
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to vote differently on this? what some things the protests might have done that would have seen a different ruling? >> i'll give you two things. one is the content of the speech. because the content of the speech was about political matters of national importance. it was about gay rights. i mean, it was hateful, it was awful. but it was a political position on a political issue. so that's one thing. if it had been specifically targeted at one person, that might have been somewhat different, if it would have been personal. the other thing was the nature and location of the protests. they were 200 or 300 feet away from the funeral. they couldn't be heard at the service. >> this is the one particular case they were addressing. >> right, the snyder family, poor matthew snyder was killed in iraq. can you only imagine the pain his parents were going through. but the protest here was on public property at a significant distance from the funeral itself.
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that made it much harder for the court to say, look, this was a harassment of any kind. because there was no direct contact during the service between the protesters and the -- and the people who were mourning. that might have made the case different in was some sort of confrontation. >> so, this is another interesting issue. does this said precedent at the state and local level? what i mean about that, in some places there's a 500-foot buffer zone they're they're forced to add here, at places like abortion clinics. would all of that be subject to change or be fought in court because of this ruling? >> you know, i don't think this changes the law very much. this case reinforces what the law has been. it has always been permissible for government to impose what are called time, place and manner restrictions on speech. you can't hold a political protest in a residential neighborhood with bull horns in the middle of the night.
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i think everybody recognizes government can limit that. but if it is a public place. if it is in the middle of the day. if it is in an area where they are not disturbing individual families, it's very hard for the government to restrict that kind of speech. painful though it is. >> would standing make a difference. if the complainant, the person who brought -- the plaintiff, was gay and felt that this was harassing to them or endangering their safety because these rallies that they're really talking about, ultimately, at their core, they're anti-gay rallies? would that change things? >> probably not. because unless it was i want to kill you, john doe, gay person. >> got it. >> they talk about doctrine of fighting words. that doctrine is dead. there's basically no such thing anymore. if you want to talk about any more political matter, you pretty much have an absolute
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freedom to do so. the idea that you might incite harm. >> samuel alito was the only dissenter. he was the only one. >> he was the only one. >> i think it was good that there was one dissenter. you know, the family needed some voice here. >> right. >> and alito's dissent is very passionate and well-written. but chief justice roberts' opinion, it carried the day. and well written. >> good to see you. just ahead, life imitating art. we'll talk to the author of a new novel. a thriller about a middle east ruler losing his grip on power. interest, huh.
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42 manipulatess minutes pas the hour. oscar wild once wrote that life imitates art far more than art imitates life. he's back from afghanistan yesterday. he has the new novel out "the
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secret soldier." in it, the major character, john wells, a cia agent, and functioning around the rural in the middle east. not unlike what we're seeing playing out in real life in many middle eastern countries. great to have you on, alex. >> thanks for having me. >> it's interesting to see the similarities. what do you make of the real world version with egypt and libya? >> i've never been to libya, but i have been to egypt. and the level of poverty, the level of desperation that was on the streets was so clear that it was not a question of something like this happening. it was only a question of when it was going to happen. the "secret soldier" is set in sob, it's the real saudi arabia and king abdullah. people have said, is there going to be a revolution in saudi arabia? the truth is i don't think so. it's a richer country than egypt or libya.
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and they have a lot to lose. >> bahrain's situation was interesting as well because they also enjoy a higher gdp than what we've seen in egypt or libya or other countries. and they've had a very strong uprising that's leading to reform? >> well, in bahrain, there's a lot of shia. majority shia. and the king is sunni. most of the population in saudi arabia is sunni. the king really and the family does have really good control. >> and the reason we're asking about this situation is because there are concerns, of course, the $100 a barrel oil. saw saudis saying, listen, we can make up for it. at the same time, they're dealing for a day of rage in march. it is unlikely. there is a scenario out there where uprising could take place. there are a lot of rights in saudi arabia that people certainly do not enjoy. >> oh, that's absolutely true. i mean, fundamental rights.
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freedom of the press. freedom of religion. women have very few rights. the question is, can there be any -- will there be reform incrementally? will there be in sort of revolution? i don't see how the saudi people would come together against the family. because the clerics, most support the family. by the way, if it does happen, we will see $200 a barrel oil. >> that's something that's very scariy. on the international stage as well. when you have a look inside the kingdom, in saudi arabia, where you have done this, would there be any willingness on the part of the king, and on the part of some of the clerics to ease some of the restrictions on people's lives? >> well, i think abdullah is walking a fine line. i think he's done a fairly good job, most people would say. in "the secret soldier" i try to bring this out and try to bring
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out the pressures that he's under from the left and the right. as for the clerics, they're who they are. they believe in a very fundamentalist interpretation of the koran and islam. you know, it's not really about reform for them. it's about what does this book say and are we holding to it? >> i want to ask you about afghanistan as well, you're back from a two-we can imbed, correct? >> yes. >> more power to you for showing up this morning. how are officers there, how are soldiers feeling about the war? >> well, you know, it's a very interesting question. soldiers do their jobs. we have the greatest military in the world, the united states. sometimes, i say the united states has a better military than it deserves. if you told them to build a bridge to the moon, they would try to do it. that's sort of what they're trying do. they're trying to build a country. and reform a country that may or may not have any interest in what we're trying to do for it. that said, they go out every day, outside the wire, and do their very best. >> that's a distressing thing to hear, though. there was a story that
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highlighted what you're talking about about billions of dollars, or tens of billions of dollars being wasted by contractors. and some of the reason behind it. they talk about waste fraud. but they say that some of it may be well-managed but doesn't fit culturally, politically or economically into the society it's meant to serve. this is to the tune of tens of billions of dollars as we're talking about these austerity measures back at home. >> oh, the word is massive enterprise. not the guys on the front line. they make the least money of anybody. if you read reports about corruption at the top of the afghan government it's very distressing. our guys are smart. they see what he see. they go out every day, put their helmets on and do their best. >> it's a great book. alex barronson, thanks for joining us. calm down. i know that it is not your job.
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49 minutes past the hour. let's get a check of the morning headlines with our tuque mater, rob marciano. >> twitter is all aflutter about the tuque conversation. love to see that. if you have one handy, i guess it's called a beanie in the u.s. something wool to put over your head. cover the ears it's not time to put this away yet. temperatures and 10 or 9 degrees in great lakes. this system across parts of wisconsin will go up to our friends in canada. shouldn't be that big of a deal. dusting of snow and couple of inches at best. strong storms coming into the west coast. this was in california yesterday and now the intermountain west. if you're traveling today we will see some delays across the northeast but with breezy conditions but it shouldn't be horrible. 30 to 60-minute delays traveling into or out of los angeles or san francisco. south looks warm and dry. not necessarily helping the fires down across florida and
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texas. here are your temperature readings for today. 76 dallas and, meanwhile, 31 in new york city and about 15 or so degrees below average. still feeling like winter. >> thanks a million. check in with you later. we will continue the discussion here and on twitter. top stories minutes away including brand-new developments of the killings of two air force members in germany. it wasn't just an argument. it may have been an act of terror. >> the crew of the shuttle "discovery" on its final mission and they will join us after finishing one of the biggest to do lists in space ever. 51 minutes past the hour. [ male announcer ] how can power consumption in china,
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from are the vaps of the lower leg. this is important. when you talk about the deep veins of the lower leg, these are not veins you can necessarily feel. take a look in blue there. that is the valve around one of these deep veins. you see a clot starting to form over there. after some time that clot could essentially break off and start to travel throughout the entire body and specifically it goes through the blood system and lands up in the lungs. that is what a pulmonary embolism it. blocks one of the veins in the lungs. if that clot is big enough, it can cause death within just a few minutes of that clot actually breaking off. this can be a significant problem. obviously, in her case, it was able to be recognized and able to be treated. now, the question what puts you at risk for the clot in the leg in the first place. she has been wearing that walking boot sort of cast thing for some time. immobilization is a problem. that long flight los angeles to new york sitting in one position
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is a problem. dehydration. women on birth control pills and women who smoke and anybody who smokes really can all be risk factors but that is an idea how a process like that starts and what can happen. >> she was treated for this early last week, a day or two later spotted out at red carpet events. are patients typically able to get back on their feet so quickly after setting surgery for a blood clot? >> this is interesting. because what we know and what i think has happened here is that at the time that she had this pulmonary embolism sounds like she had symptoms but a relatively small clot. what you typically get are blood thinners. get your blood thinners in the hospital through the i.v. for a couple of days and then you can switch those blood thinners over to oral medication and you need to be on the blood thinners for several months. i don't know if she got surgery for the pull known embolism but later on a procedure for a blood clot that developed maybe as a result of the blood thinners. you see the process here. you get the blood thinners to make the pulmonary embolism clot
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go away but that makes your blood thin and you could develop a hematoma or a blood clot somewhere else in the body as a result of that thin blood. that is one of the consequences of these medications. so that is probably the pattern of things that happened. >> i guess what i want to do is prevent this in the first place. you and i both travel a lot and spend a lot of time on planes. that worried me because i've heard this developing when you sit on a plane a long time. tell me what people like us are supposed to do to prevent blood clots from forming in the first place. >> the good news is very small percentage who do develop blood clots will ever have a pulmonary embolism, that is the good news. basic risk factors to mitigate. if you're on a plane a long time, walk around to some extent and get that blood moving and make sure you stay hydrated on those planes. those are really the biggest thing. if there are certain medications you're taking that can thicken your blood. like i said birth control pills or hormone pills, those things can be risk factors and smokizing a big risk factor. for the most part, it's common sense sort of things but if you're having leg pain and
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was it terrorism? brand-new information this morning on the man accused of killing two u.s. airmen in germany yesterday and how islamic extremism may have motivated him on this "american morning." good morning. it is thursday, march 3rd. i'm ali velshi. >> i'm kiran chetry. disturbing news this morning that the word of the shooting and killing of two u.s. air force members at the fruankfurt airport in germany. german authorities telling us they have a 21-year-old man from kosovo in custody and prosecutors are now saying he is
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a radical muslim and american soldiers were, indeed, his target. they also say the suspect seemed to have been acting on his own and that he had spent time on local radical islamic web sites. now, president obama said he was saddened and outraged by the attack. >> i want everybody to understand that we will spare no effort in learning how this outrageous act took place and working with german authorities to ensure that all of the perpetrators are brought to justice. >> the suspect is scheduled to appear in court later today. we are watching the violence in libya. dictator moammar gadhafi bombing his own people again overnight. the new air strikes threatening to pull the united states into the conflict. for a second day in a row, dictator moammar gadhafi ordering his forces to drop bombs on his own cities. al brega and ajdabiya home to
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one of the oil refineries. scores of casualties were reported on both sides. right now, the united states is considering a request from libyan rebel leaders to lend the military help against the gadhafi regime. they need weapons and they want america to declare libya a no-fly zone and enforce that with aerial support. that is something that u.s. defense secretary robert gates cautions could lead us into war. >> there's a lot of, frankly, loose talk about some of these military options and let's just call spade-to-spade. a no-fly zone begins with an attack on libya. to destroy the air defenses. that's the way you do a no-fly zone, and then you can fly planes around the country and not worry about our guys being shot down. but that's the way it starts.
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>> right now, two amphibious assault ships, "uss ponce," and u.s. kearsage" are moving toward the libyan shores. the obama administration wants them there to provide humanitarian help only. hillary clinton says a anticipation on a no-fly zone in libya is a long way off. according to aaa, the price for a gallon of regular gas, unleaded self-serve is up 4 cents to $3.43. that is the ninth consecutive increase. drivers in hawaii continue to pay the highest average price in the nation at $3.82 a gallon but we have received information and we have confirmed it that many parts of the country, gas stations are charging more than $4 a gallon. the united states army has filed 22 new charges against private first class bradley manning.
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he is the lead suspect in the wikileaks case accused of downloading classified documents and supplying them to the whistle-blowing website. among the new charges against him, aiding the enemy. a capital offense. but army prosecutors are not seeking the death penalty. five more years at least before robert f. kennedy's assassin gets another shot at parole. a california state panel denied parole yesterday for sirhan sirhan saying the 64-year-old inmate still fails to understand the magnitude of the crime he committed more than 40 years ago. daughter of keith richards is in a new york court accused of spraying graffiti on a building and drug possession. theodora richards was arrest after spotted spraying the letters "t and a" a building.
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on any senator who was absent without leave for two or more days. democrats say the threats will not sway them. let's go live to capitol hill now. joe biden spending time there today. remember, a big part of the discussion right now. the president just signed a stopgap measure that keeps the federal government funded for two more weeks. less than 16 hours away from a possible nfl work stoppage. owners and the players union will take one last shot at mediation talks this morning before the current labor contract expires at midnight. the two major sticking points, how to share this 9 billion dollars in annual revenue and also expanding the nfl regular season from 16 to 18 games. rob marciano in the extreme weather center. i don't know if it's extreme
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today but it certainly is colder than we expected to be in the first days of march. >> exactly. a big 15 to 20-degree difference today as compared to yesterday. especially across the northeast. this little cold blast was in chicago yesterday and milwaukee and detroit and driving south and east towards the northeast where, yeah, it's a little bit chilly out there. 10 to 20 degrees below average as a matter of fact. 22 is the current temp in new york city. 10 in bean town. 17 in pittsburgh and 24 in d.c. this does not include the windchill, so it feels even chillier than that when you get a little bit of breeze going through the canyons of the big apple. a couple of storms out west press into the intermountain west and converge on the larger cities in the northeast this weekend but, until then, i think, for the most part, we will be dry and warm down across parts of texas. if you want the heat, that's where you go. temps in dallas 76 and 67 in atlanta where things are
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starting to bloom but a chilly 31 degrees up there in the big apple. keep the winter gear handy, that's for sure. we ain't done yet. >> we will talk more about winter gear later in the show. spacewalkers are boldly going into the space station. we will talk to the shuttle "discovery" astronauts live. >> let's be clear. we aren't going to get a chance to talk to them. you are. >> you want to talk to them. >> i am a little sour grapes. i would like to, also. it's very clear. to be clear, they are in space and we are talking to them from earth. i love that. >> what does it feel like, the final mission and what happened with the leaky space suit? we will get some answers coming up. your advertising mail campaign is paying off! business is good! it must be if you're doing all that overnight shipping. that must cost a fortune. it sure does. well, if it doesn't have to get there overnight, you can save a lot with priority mail flat rate envelopes. one flat rate to any state, just $4.95. that's cool and all... but it ain't my money.
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♪ i have no time for fear of people in my ear ♪ >> that is our control room, by the way. >> it is not mission control but mission control for our show. meanwhile, it is the countdown, the final countdown i guess you could say for the crew of space shuttle d"discovery." they have the honor of being on
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"discovery" for its final voyage ever. >> this is crazy. this is big history. >> it is. it's a little bittersweet and a little sad. the crew joins us from the space station. they are orbiting above earth so there will be a delay. great to see all of you this morning. let me start with commander lindsay. you launched thursday. you got to the space station on saturday. what has it been like so far? as we said, this is the final mission. >> well, so far, the mission has been fantastic. we've accomplished most of our major objectives already. we had two successful spacewalks and accomplished all of those objectives plus a whole bunch of what we call get aheads. we installed the last scheduled
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u.s. pressure installed modern du module. working science ens and so far the mission has gone just absolutely spectacular. we couldn't be happier with it and looking forward to a couple more days up here on our beautiful international space station. >> commander you are going to be the pilot when you bring this thing in for its final lappeding ever. you'll be the commander. pilot air bowe is riding shotgun. you two are going to bring this thing in. eric, i want to ask you. when you bring that down and you hear those final words from mission control to say successful landing of the space shuttle, what are you thinking about, that moment? >> well, we will be glad to be back on earth. you said it before, it's going to be bittersweet. the shuttle.
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it's amazing. the "discovery" looks like it's flying its first flight and it will be a time that when we get to, you know, the huge team that is evolved in maintaining "discovery" on the ground so it's a huge pride for the 30 years plus of the shuttle flying and "discovery" doing great work on orbit. >> that really is. we're just seeing the pickets right now. it's amazing. alvin, you got to do a special experiment, a message in a bottle experiment. what was that? >> message in a bottle experiment was commissioned by japanese space agency where they wanted to capture a bit of outer space in a glass tube to bring back to put on display throughout japan. my job was to go out there and open up this bottle and capture some space, actually just the vacuum of space and seal it back up to bring it back to the folks of japan. >> folks, what an honor to speak to you and i hope you're looking
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great up there. continued safe mission to you all. we will all be watching closely, the nation and the world when you all bring it in. we will be having a big round of applause for all of you up there. >> good luck to all of you and thanks to taking some time to talk with us this morning. we had to wrap it up. they have small windows. >> they are saying good-bye to us now but there is a bit of a delay. >> it's space. 220 miles. >> would you ever want to do that? >> i would absolutely love to in a perfect world but i don't know if i'm cut out for it. those confined spaces. >> they are something, yeah. hillary clinton is fed up. her tough talk on dealing with pirates. tell you about that next. also the apple launches the ipad2 the next generation of the magical web browsing service. it is faster and lighter. it used to be 1 1/2 pounds and now 1.33 pounds. >> you seem a little bit obsessed about the weight of it.
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biggest surprise at yesterday's event wasn't it lighter and has two cameras and two processors and all of this kind of stuff. it was the boss. steve jobs shows up. gets a standing ovation and then explains why he is there. >> we have been working on this product for a while and i just didn't want to miss today. thank you for having me. >> the new ipad thinner and faster and lighter than the original ipad, as expected. the front and rear cameras, kiran, because? >> you need to face time or skype and you need to be able to take pickets and they also are offering -- they have a dual processor in there. >> you can do two things at once. >> yeah. >> start at $499 and ships on friday. if you don't see kiran here on friday, that is because she is getting one. i put money on the fact you're going to have an ipad2 before your birthday.
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>> kate middleton and her prince william have a wedding website. it is official royal wedding 2011.org. it launched yesterday. according to the royal family it contains photos, video of the couple and also the first place to get information on kate's dress. now it is smart, though, because imagine the requests of people wanting to know this. >> i agree. put the information out there and let people go and get it themselves. >> what would it take to get ric ricky gervais to host the globes? he says he will host the emmys and the oscars if sheen joins him. sheen was a prime target for gervais when he hosted the golden globes this year. >> it would be must see tv but not sure it will happen. the most famous mop top since the beatles. >> even i know it's justin bieber. >> about blow drying to the max. >> are you a bieber?
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for most companies especially those that are not monopolies reputation is everything. "fortune" magazine are out with their list of companies that are most admired. joining us is lee gallagher. great to see you again. >> great to be here. >> this is a helpful list because it's admired. when a company is admired it often means a lot of things. it could mean a good investment or a good place to work. let's look at the list, and take the top five out of there. apple, we have been talking about apple all morning yesterday because of the ipad2. google, berkshire hathaway and southwest airlines and procter and gamble. any surprises in the top list? >> we are seeing here, apple, google, berkshire hathaway are the biggest brands right now. this is business executives think. >> berkshire hathaway it owns a lot of companies that you will
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do business with. >> certainly warren buffett is a brand. >> we have been talking about jobs a lot with christine romans this morning. one of the most important things is i want to know the companies that are best able to attract top talent because that means that they are good to their employees. people want to work with them. that has changed before the recession to now. >> definitely. seen a lot of shifts in preand post recession. people who ruled this category on this list was general electric. now it's goldman sachs which is interesting. >> does that have something more with pay? goldman sachs has taken a reputational hit the last few years. >> a company to work for goldman sachs works high on our companies to work for list. this comes to talent and pay and quality of management. the ability to for the company to retain the top managers and the top executives. >> interesting. all right. let's look at this other one. innovativeness. you can probably take a stab at this and get it right. the company atop the list before
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and now is? >> it's apple. before the recession, now. apple sort of wins the game with innovation and it has for quite some time. there was no real surprise there but it's got a lock. >> you talked about warren buffett. while people may not know much about him they know he is a brilliant investor. >> yes. >> the company that held the title of best long-term investment prior to the recession was berkshire hathaway. >> now it's actually google which is quite surprising. ten years ago. think about the internet crash. if somebody had told you google was the best long-term investment you would have thought they were crazy but that is what this company is looked to as now. >> because, at the time, you would have thought of google as volatile and risky and overvalued. >> exactly. >> and berkshire hathaway was thought of long term. i invest in companies and like that i like to do for a long time. >> he has done well but in terms of the top company for what this group sees is the best long-term
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investment. >> it's more of a shift toward thinking these internet companies are real and they are long term. this has more to do with google than berkshire hathaway? >> it's like a blue chip. the companies managed through the recession. a lot of these companies invested through the recession and kept moving on and did not cut dreadfully and did not take bold moves. they actually made bold investments. >> for those of us out there who are investing in your 401(k) and ira, this is an important distinction. during a recession it really tests a companiy's meddle. do they treat their staff well even if they have to lay people off, do they try to do everything they can to keep their shareholders and their employees and their customers happy. >> definitely. not only that, but you want to look at the companies that take bold moves during the recession. so many opportunities when things are disrupted and strong leaders and companies will come out strong after the recession after they make that move.
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it's everything what they do in those few years. >> great. this is going to be a good read. thanks so much. lee gallagher, assistant managing editor at "fortune" magazine and this is the list of the most admired companies. top stories now. new information this morning on the man accused of shooting and killing two u.s. air force members in germany. prosecutors say that the 21-year-old suspect from kosovo was motivated by radical islam and that his aim was to kill american soldiers. he is due in court in germany this morning. amazing video right now from a fierce gun battle for libyan city. the opposition fighting to hold on to the city of brega, home to a key oil refinery. gadhafi's forces bombed again today. the air strikes ordered by the libyan dictator as he strugles to hold on to power. president obama face reporters today with president felipe calderon of mexico. the crisis in libya will likely come up in the questioning.
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he is facing a tough decision about setting up a no fly zone over libya. defense secretary of state robert gates says setting up a no-fly zone would basically mean war. in wisconsin senate republicans voted to fine democrats $100 for every day they are not back in the state. democrats left town weeks ago trying to to prevent a vote on the governor's proposed budget repair bill that includes slashing collective bargaining rights of unions. democrats say that the fines mean nothing. they are not going to come back because of the threat. leaders of a controversial church in kansas promising to quadruple their protests at military funerals now the u.s. supreme court has ruled that those demonstrations are protected under the first amendment. members of the west borough baptist church are protesting at funerals. it has angered albert snyder. the case is about his son matthew who was killed in iraq
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in 2006. he sue the church after they demonstrated at matthew's funeral. >> this court has no problem with the government sending our children over to these wars, send them back in a body bag, and not even have enough respect for that dead soldier to be buried peacefully. >> we are trying to warn you to flee the wrath of god. flee eternal destruction. what could be more kind than that? don't keep killing your children! >> that is the reaction from the west dboro baptist church who claims to believe that military deaths in iraq and afghanistan are god's punishment for america's tolerance of homosexuality and a sign of this country's destruction is at hand. a somali pirate saying that the family will die like the four americans who were killed
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last week. a couple and their three and it children sailed into the pirate infested waters off east africa. secretary of state hillary clinton in a senate hearing saying it may take an old-school effort to take back the sea. >> we were talking about this at the dawn of our -- of the american government and here we are back with 21st century piratesy and i'm fed up with it and we need to do more and we need need to make it clear the entire world better get behind whatever we do and get this scourge resolved. 90-year-old mickey rooney telling a senate committee he was a victim of elder abuse. rooney claims that his step-children abused him verbally, emotionally and financially and now he feels obliged to speak out. >> i'm asking you to stop this
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elderly abuse. i mean, to stop it! now! not tomorrow, not next month. but now. >> rooney urged lawmakers to pass a specific law to make elder abuse a crime. nervous breakdowns and cheating in school and anorexia. the high stakes, high pressure atmosphere in schools and what they are doing to our teens today. according to the documentary "race to nowhere." we're taking a look and talking to the films director, a mom who started this after she noticed the toll it was taking on her own kids and now this is certainly set off a national conversation about whether or not we're doing the right thing or pushing our kids too far. it's 32 minutes past the hour.
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♪ 35 minutes past of the hour. a concerned mother turned filmmaker explores the pressures faced by america's school children and teachers in our achievement culture. a documentary called "race to nowhere." the film wasn't released in theaters and instead being jeped in schools and communities across the country and these
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screenings are certainly backing them in. take a look. >> you have to take tests and do interviews to get into public high school. >> ap and then a four-year college. >> if i don't get into college, you know, my mindset is basically like, you know, i'm screwed. >> are we pushing our children to excel or pushing them over the edge? that's the question explored in a documentary "race to nowhere." and it's creating a lot of buzz with parents around the country. since september, 1,500 communities have shown this film, including this one last night at veterans park elementary school in ridgefield, connecticut. it focuses on stressed out kids overstressed with homework and sports and after-school programs. >> i feel pressured to have perfect grades. >> this comes from home. >> reporter: some parents wonder, is this pressure to succeed the best thing for their children? >> it was amazing to see this. i mean, everything that they were talking about, it's our town. everybody is striving for
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that -- that extra advantage to get into college and, you know, unfortunately, i find myself guilty of doing that. >> i feel like he should be doing this and this. you kind of get caught up in that. >> we try to look where the pressure comes from and it comes from her peers, it comes from her teachers, it comes from just about everyone. >> my daughter, she's in seventh grade. we moved here for the school system and the pressure was so bad for the last five years, she missed over 30 days of school just from being sick from upset stomachs and headaches and the stress and, finally, she looked at me this october and said, i've had enough. i'd rather die than come back to school. >> heartbreaking to hear. joining us now the director of race to nowhere. vickie able joins us now. thank you for being with us. >> thank you. >> one of the common things we've heard at all of these screenings when you ask people afterwards. i know it's not right and i know the kids are overtaxed and overstressed and i know we're
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pushing them too far but i just got caught up in it. how do you break that cycle? >> i think it takes a lot of courage and i think one of the things this film is doing by bringing communities together and engaging in the fact and letting people realize you're not alone. once you realize you're not alone it's much easier to move along in a forward direction. >> i want to play a clip of the beginning of your documentary why you decided to do this. let's listen. >> i was determined to find out how we had gotten to a place where our family had so little time together. where our kids were physically sick because of the pressures they were under. and where a 13-year-old girl had taken her life. >> reporter: your own daughter, the same age as the girl in your community who committed suicide was also hospitalized because of intense stomach pain and the doctor said it was stress-related. i mean, was that just it for you as a parent trying to figure out i got to make a change?
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>> right. i think that was the tipping point for me. it was when i realized i had had enough and what caused me to start talking to parents, teachers, and students across the country. i realized there was an important story to be told and that, oftentimes, when it comes to education, the people that are closest to the education system are the last to be heard from and those are the students and the teachers. >> and so we talk about it. everybody is recognizing that we do have a little bit of a problem when it comes to pushing the kids too far. is it simply teachers doing -- ordering too much homework? is it coaches maybe not realizing that a 10:00 p.m. hockey practice at night isn't going to work? who is, i guess, at most to blame? >> we set out to make a film that wasn't about blame. there is plenty of pressures coming from a lot of different places. i think culturally, we live in a high stakes, high pressure culture and there is a great deal of fear driving so much of what we are seeing that our kids aren't going to be able to compete in the global economy. when you look at the research,
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what you see, there's tons of research out there that shows this approach, this quantity different approach to education, it's not working and not leading to healthy young adults and not leading to young children who are arriving in college and the workplace prepared and we have a huge epidemic in terms of the depression, the cutting, the abusiive prescriptions to get through all of this. isn't about lowering the bar but looking at a new way to prepare our young children for their futures. >> how are some communities proposed to doing this? >> how is it working in practical terms? >> this is huge and it starts with a shift and our mindset as a kul tur. beb rah steinpack just spoke about that. it's not the experts that lead the way on this. it's going to be ordinary people. parents, educators, student, health care professionals and changing the dialogue and changing what they are doing in their homes and classrooms and it's powerful when you see a school community come together
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and realize we are all in the same place and feel the same way and want the same things for our young people and it's much easier to move forward. some of the positive things we have seen at schools. we have seen high schools to a later start time and decide not to have an a.p. program any more. that's not saying we're lowering the bar that is saying we're freeing the students and teachers up who are dictated by the tests. >> let's hear from one student who had a lot to say about that and also in your documentary. >> you have to be smart. but also you have to be pretty. and also you have to, you know, do sports and you have to be involved in the arts and amongst all that, you have to find something unique about yourself and you have to know yourself, because if you don't know yourself before you do all of that, you're going to -- you're going to lose yourself. >> i mean, that's a lot to put on somebody, especially at that pivotal time. you know? this journey into adulthood and all of this. all of us can remember that type of stress.
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another person remarked in your documentary you're simply robbing kids of 11th and 12th grade. it's a steeple chase to getting accepted at college at any cost. how does that change? >> by seeing this film. i think this film is really raising awareness but that approach isn't working. it's not leading to young people who are prepared for college and not leading to young people who are staying in college. and then they are entering the workplace unprepared, lacking in the life skills that we need. i think we're educating the creativity out of this generation. there's no time for them to discover their passions, to figure out who they are, and then there is a great deal of unhealthy outcomes as well and i think we have to be concerned about that. we are paying a price for this right now. i think importantly anybody who is concerned about this, can call our office and can go to our website and bring this film to your community. once you see this film, childhood will forever be changed. >> hopefully, this will be the first step. >> absolutely.
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>> awareness first, knowing you're not alone is a big part of it. >> that's right. we're going to influence change out of a lot of different levels. we have got industry involved at this point, the colleges across the country are screening this film and we plan to make an impact at the policy level as well. >> that's wonderful. all of it started from you just picking up your camera and documenting your family life. vickie ablies, thanks so much. appreciate your time today. >> thank you. >> great conversation, kiran. i look at what kids go through today and i'm not sure i would have been all that successful if i had the kind of schedule some of them keep up with. feels like spring in the south, but weekend storms are moving into the northeast. what you need to know to be prepared after the break with rob. with aarp we can fly out to see family. and we can cook out more with friends. my card lets me work out more. ♪ and ours lets us eat out more. aarp helps us do our favorite thing. the new website is my favorite thing. [ female announcer ] with aarp
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♪ look at that. it looks beautiful right by the statue of liberty but it feels like the heart of winter. statue of liberty is always cold. each when it's a hot day. it's windy out there. it's going to be sunny and 35. a broiling 35 later in the day! >> rob marciano joins us now with more. >> it did go down to the statue of liberty, rob, what should you take with you? >> well, more than -- >> your camera.
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>> i have to be believe she is chilly in that toga she is wearing. i don't think you need the face mask. maybe bring some sunglasses. sun looks pretty nice this time of year but as you said it's definitely -- >> can we show the touqu? >> we have been talking about this. >> have we done some preproduction on this? >> you got to be kidding me! >> that's what you need on a day like this! >> i have a freakishly small head and ali has a freakishly large head. >> yours looks bigger than mine. everybody in america should get one for weather like this today. >> i love it. admittedly, kiran does look the cutest there. >> absolutely not. i go with rob. you wear it well. >> thanks very much. wear whatever you got handy because we're back in the winter. at least for a day. definitely bring along the sunglasses because the sun is bright in the month of march.
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it's pretty strong. if you're in the sun away from the wind, it's not horrible. so maybe get lady liberty to protect you on the windward side and you'll be lred. fire still burning near mims and north and west of titusville and the winds are blowing onshore and brings the levels of humidity up. they haven't got a handle on this thing yet. 25% contained. a couple of storms out west we are watching. and that will create some snow across the intermountain west for some skiers and the temperatures will be on the rise across parts of texas. 76 degrees. think warm thoughts there. only a high temperature of 31 in new york city. that's the latest check on weather. "american morning" is coming right back. 's left behind? [ female announcer ] introducing purifying facial cleanser from neutrogena® naturals. developed with dermatologists... it's clinically proven to remove 99% of dirt and toxins and purify pores. and with natural willowbark it contains no dyes, parabens or harsh sulfates.
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♪ it is time now for your house call. tennis star serena williams is recovering after a major health scare. undergoing surgery with a blood clot in her lungs. she hopes to return to the court by early summer. she hasn't played since last july when she won her fourth
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wimbledon title. ibuprofen sold under advil and motrin may lower your risk of parkinson's disease. the harvard school of health studied more than 30,000 healthy women and men. they lowered their risk of developing parkinson's by 38% compared to those people taking different painkillers. researchers say the study suggests that ibuprofen could be a potential neuroprotective agent. but they warn there are still important safety questions that need to be answered about whether any risks associated with taking ibuprofen for a long time. >> let's get cnn's chief medical correspondent dr. sanjay gupta to weigh on that. we want to ask you about this. it sounds significant. 38% reduction in parkinson's symptoms. >> these are always interesting studies. a huge study over a hundred thousand people. here is a couple of things i would say. first of all, this idea that decreasing inflammation of the
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body could decrease your chance of getting parkinson's disease that idea has been around some time. what is interesting about this study they compared all difference of anti-inflammatories and ibuprofen was the best overall. it could be that ibuprofen crosses what is known as a blood-brain barrier better so they get to the brain where it's exerting its affect and also there is a particular type of cell known as dopamine which is greatly diminished in people with parkinson's. could this be protecting those dopamine cells? that is the theory at least. this is still an association and no cause and effect here. this is something scientists will keep an eye on in terms trying to prevent parkinson's. >> let's get in the mailbag here. questions from viewers this morning. remember the woman who had measles and passed through four u.s. airports. our first question comes from wendy. she wants to know what about the other people traveling at a later time on the same plane? would they be at risk?
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in other words, does measles hang out? >> it really doesn't. it's a good question, wendy. i hadn't even thought about that until you bring that up. the good news it's not going to be an issue. first of all, most people are vaccinated against measles and don't have to think about this at all. second, air is refreshed on airplanes and includes ogenns f. while it can spread through the air, it doesn't last thu the air and at this point no risk at all. >> we are learning how in most most planes, air is circulated much more than you actually think it is. >> that is good news at least in terms of that. here is another question. ghost writer asks have you heard anything about the triggers causing asthma attacks? >> that's an interesting question. obviously, that is a general question. there are lots of different things can trigger an asthma
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attack. some might surprise you from certain medications to the weather to exercise to even your emotions can trigger asthma attacks. people who are crying or become very anxious, for example, can trigger an actual asthma attack. what they are referring to in asthma is the airways start to spasm to some extent and why you have difficult breathe as you see there. the biggest issue and i think what asthma and lung experts will always say. if you're having asthma take note of your surroundings and see if you can think what the trigger was and write that trigger down. as easy as that sounds most people don't do it so they don't know what is trig. irregularing their asthma. despite the fact we have gotten much better getting inhalers into the hands of people who need them, still 70 to 90% of people who have inhalers don't use them properly. you have to get the inhalers and
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make sure people are trained to use them. with respect to the question, about anything you think of can trigger an asthma attack. write it down if it's happening over and over again. >> the issue with learning to use the inhaler is the stuff doesn't get down into your airway effectively and stuck in the back of your throat? >> that's right. a coordinated thing to use an inhaler. you have to dispense the medication and inhale it at a specific timing. otherwise, it's sitting in your upper airway and not doing the job. >> some kids have a spacer which helps them. >> that's right. >> you can squirt it out and they can breathe it in in a series of breath. i know my daughter deals with that as well. it's scary and you're not afraid if the medication is getting where it needs to go. sanjay, great to see you, as always, thanks so much. >> you got it. 56 minutes after the hour. ♪ hello sunshine, sweet as you can be ♪ [ female announcer ] wake up to sweetness
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this the first pictures of the man accused of shooting and killing two u.s. air force members in germany. cnn obtained this from his facebook page. the suspect is named arid uka. from kosovo. german prosecutors say he is a radical muslim and his targets were, in fact, americans. >> they say that he visited radical islamic web sites and appeared to have acted on his own. two other u.s.

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